Pastor Steven D. Bruns
The Jewish people expected a messiah who would cleanse the temple and defeat the enemies of Israel. They even thought that Jesus would be the one to accomplish these tasks. On Palm Sunday he entered Jerusalem to the cheers and cries of “Hosanna” which means “the Lord saves” or “save now”.
To their chagrin, Jesus didn’t do things the way they wanted or expected him to do them. Instead of cleansing the temple and defeating the Romans he threw out the money changers and chased out the animals from the temple. Jesus didn’t raise a hand against the Romans.
Jesus wasn’t the messiah the people wanted, but he was the messiah they needed.